Youth Council brightens up Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged in Ayr

The calming colours of the sea are now adorning a wall at the Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged in Ayr thanks to the Burdekin Shire Youth Council.

Youth Mayor Lexi Haselton said Mandy Oats had come to one of the Youth Council meetings and asked if it would be interested in doing something at the aged homes.

“We all said yes and then we all did drawings and Mandy picked one of my ideas,” she said. “Emma (Trueman) and myself took a day to go to the home and painted a sea mural on the wall.”

Lower Burdekin Home for the Aged Society’s Diversional Therapy Manager and Volunteer Coordinator Mandy Oats said the mural added a calming aspect to the sensory garden at the Ayr facility.

“The Youth Council came to me with a few pictures. We already had a blue wall so I wanted a water themed mural as they have a calming effect our dementia residents,” she said.

“The mural is in the sensory garden of the dementia facility, but all of the residents and staff get to enjoy it as it is easily seen.

“The sensory garden is filled with herbs and flowers and I wanted to have something else in there that would be appreciated by our residents and this mural is certainly a great start.

“We supplied the paint and the girls painted the mural. They did a great job and it only took them a day to finish.

“There are plenty more walls in the garden that could be used for murals, so I hope they’ll come back next year and do another one for us.”

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